|“When you become involved in schools, you receive priceless, rewarding moments. I was honored and humbled the day a young boy in a school told me, “When I grow up, I want to be like you!”|
Charles Cunningham grew up in Artesia, New Mexico, a small town filled with community pride. When remembering his school years, Cunningham was focused on playing football and basketball, running track and serving as homeroom president. But he also emphasized being indebted to the talented teachers who inspired his passion for history and geography, which led to Army service and a degree from Our Lady of the Lake University. To this day, Cunningham continues to value education, the area of volunteerism that he’s most passionate about. “When education is a priority our children, teachers and community win”.
Cunningham has lived in Humble for 23 years where he is a Key Accounts Consultant for Center Point Energy. In his spare time, he plays a round of golf when he can, but he also exercises his leadership skills by serving for many educational organizations. Cunningham was initially an active volunteer and a concerned parent of children who attended school in Humble ISD. He was driven to public office because of his concern for his children’s education and concern regarding responsible and equitable funding of school districts relating to state appropriations. Cunningham has served on the Humble ISD School Board since 2007 and uses his business skills by serving as Chairman of the Board’s Audit Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee and the Building and Planning Committee.
School board members from throughout Texas elected Cunningham to the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). TASB Board members focused on issues affecting the millions of public school students in Texas. Some of Cunningham’s former volunteer roles include serving as Chairman on the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Buy Board that helps school districts save taxpayers millions by working together to make purchases and as past president of the Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards, a voluntary organization of more than 50 school boards in the greater Houston area focused on enhancing the quality of education for public school children in the Texas Gulf Coast area.